Film Festival Advice From a Filmmaker’s Perspective

In the years that we've participated in film festivals, we've watched as many events have come and gone by the wayside. It's exciting to see new festivals pop up, but I worry that they won't be able to sustain themselves over the long haul. So it was exciting when Mark Den Blyker, director of Hollywood Divine…

How to Make the Most of Film Festivals

Last month I shared why filmmakers need film festivals. Now I'd like to talk about how to make the most of your festival experience. First, you have to be selective about which festivals you submit to. It's easy to get caught up in festival fever and submit indiscriminately, but if you're not careful, you're just…

The Last Appeal – Review and Highest Recommendation

The intensely harsh lighting, the artistically shot framing, the realistically diverse casting, the brilliantly sharp dialogue, it all works together to share the message of God's love for us in a uniquely personal way.

Film Festival Secrets – Do’s and Don’ts

As we get ready for GloryReelz Christian Film Festival this weekend, I can't help but think back to the GloryReelz festival two years ago.  It was the first festival that we attended and won. What a special moment that was, to be recognized as "Best Female Director" and then "Best Film". Since then, we've won…

Rich Swingle – Stepping Out in Faith

Rich Swingle and Joyce Swingle at AMC Empire for Providence movie

Continuing with my articles that highlight films and folks from GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, I'm excited to talk with Rich Swingle about his roles in two of the featured films, The Messenger's Box and Providence.  When did you first discover a love for acting? I typically tell people in the fourth grade when I played…

Gary Bosek – Man With a Plan

Continuing with my coverage of speakers and filmmakers that will be at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, I'm excited to introduce filmmaker Gary Bosek whose film The Messenger's Box is one of the festival finalists.   When did you first discover a love for film? I started in Public Access doing a sketch comedy/variety show, We…

Doc Benson – Helping Filmmakers Achieve Their Dreams

Attendees at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival are in for a treat when it comes to the workshops and films being offered this year. One of  those workshops is Doc Benson's  class on budgeting. He calls it "Big Dreams and Shoestring Budgets", and it's part of his Culdee Arts Initiative program. Tell us about your filmmaking…

A Man With a Mission – Filmmaker M. Legend Brown

Coming up in three weeks is the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's a great festival with a great lineup of films. Today's interview with M. Legend Brown is the first of a series of interviews introducing some of the filmmaers and speakers festured at GloryReelz. We kick off with A Man Called…

Christmas Grace – With Writer/Director Keith Perna

One of my favorite things about having a movie on the film festival circuit is getting introduced to so many wonderful new films. Christmas Grace has been in four of the same festivals as our movie The Good Book. It won "Best Cinematography" at GloryReelz Christian Film Festival and "Best 4 to 14" at Pan…

Courtney Lee Simpson – Actress

Courtney Lee Simpson has that quality of feeling familiar when she's on camera. With her sweet smile and beautiful southern drawl, she just seems like someone you'd want to meet and spend time with. I was familiar with a number of her roles and finally at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival got to see her…

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